West Iceland (excursion)
Think that Iceland doesn’t get any better that Geysir and Gullfoss?
For such a small island, Iceland has sights just as stunning around every corner and we want to introduce schools to the lesser-trodden paths of West Iceland.
The good news is, a day or two in the West fits in nicely into a 5/6 day itinerary that includes the highlights of the Golden Circle so you don’t have to choose between them.
Check out the 1 or 2 day itinerary below and talk to your travel specialist when you are ready to get started.
Did you know?
There are still places available for our Iceland Teacher Inspection Trip to the South and West of Iceland in May 2019?
Villages and Waterfalls
Head North of Reykjavik towards the small village of Borgarnes and visit the Settlement Centre to hear the story of Iceland in a multimedia and theatrical exhibition.
Visit Glanni waterfall which sits among the rugged lava fields and is said to be home to elves and trolls
Geothermal Waters and Sagas
Journey to the geothermally active area of Deilartunguhver, Europe’s largest and most powerful hot spring. Enjoy the benefits of this activity in the most relaxing way possible, by soaking in the waters of Krauma baths where you can also indulge in the sauna and hot tubs.
Your day continues as you explore the town of Reykholt and experience the Medieval Centre to learn about Iceland’s sagas and cultural history.
Hraunfossar and Barnafoss
Of course, a day in Iceland is not complete without seeing some beautiful waterfalls. One of our favourites is Hraunfossar where the ribbons of water cascade over the lava formations into the Hvita river.
You will also see Barnafoss, a tumbling, white water fast flowing river and offers very different scenery and landscape to Hraunafossar.
Next on your itinerary are two of Iceland’s most spectacular attractions, The Cave and Into the Glacier.
The Cave Vidgelmir is Iceland’s largest lava tube. As you journey inside, the state of the art lighting illuminates the natural beauty of the rock formations. This is the ideal excursion for geographer and geology enthusiasts.
Into the Glacier
Into the Glacier is truly a once in a lifetime experience. Climb aboard an 8-wheel-drive monster truck and roll across the snow and ice to reach the entrance to the man-made cave inside Langjokull glacier. Once you arrive you will be led through tunnels into the glacier itself.
After your thrilling first day in the West you will head back on the road to discover more of the area.
Get out your cameras to take an iconic snap of the black church at Budir. Depending on the time you visit, the church will pierce into the sky against lush green fields or white snow – either way it will remind you of Iceland’s unique charm.
You are heading to the Snaefellsnes peninsula, home to the similarly named Snaefellsjokull, a glacier topped stratovolcano. The volcanic birth of the island is evident when you head through the national park, Snaefellsnes and onto the black beaches near Arnarstapi.
Arnastapi’s basalt columns and rock formations are perfect for an al-fresco geography lesson.
Geographers will also appreciate your next stop, Saxholl. Use the walking path to reach the top of the 100m crater and imagine a time when this crater emitted lava.
Fishing Villages and Orcas
Visit Iceland’s oldest row boat in the small fishing town of Hellisandur. This quaint village was once an important fishing hub on the island and still maintains some traditional architecture.
During your stop in the towns of Rif and Olafsvik your group have the opportunity to spot the oceans best predator, the orca, on a whale watching excursion.
Last but certainly not least, visit Iceland’s most photographed mountain which you may recognise from Game of Thrones.
West Iceland has so much to offer! When combined with the Golden Circle you will have covered some of the most well-known sights in Iceland as well as special activities exclusive to Discover the World Education. West Iceland can be a simple addition to your tried and tested South West itinerary or a perfect introduction to this special island.